If you have been arrested, it is vital that you seek legal assistance right away. Even where you have declined legal advice at interview, you should speak to a specialist solicitor as soon as possible afterwards. Getting proper advice at this early stage can make all the difference to how your case progresses and gives us every opportunity to build your defence.

Where you are being held in custody, the police will contact a solicitor on your behalf. You can request a specific solicitor including any of our criminal defence lawyers at Beltrami & Company, or you can meet with the duty solicitor.

Our expert lawyers are ready to fight for your best interests from the outset and can get you the help you need. Get in contact with us today by calling 0141 429 2262.

Find out in more detail how we can help you here.

What happens next?

If you have been detained by police, they must arrest you or release you within 12 hours. Where you have been arrested, you will either be kept in custody until the next court day or released and ordered to appear in court on a specified day. Where you are arrested on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, the next court day is a Monday so you may be kept longer than overnight.

The police may release you if a report is sent to the Procurator Fiscal, who will then decide whether to prosecute you. Where the Procurator Fiscal decides to bring criminal proceedings against you, you will be given specific dates to attend a court hearing.  You must seek the advice of a criminal defence lawyer as soon as possible. We start working for you right away, exploring every line of defence available to you. If you have been arrested and charged with an offence, contact us now - there is no time to delay.

Contact our Criminal Defence Solicitors Glasgow & Edinburgh, Scotland

Beltrami & Company are conveniently based near Glasgow city centre but operate throughout Scotland. Any calls to our offices out with normal business hours can be dealt with by an experienced solicitor. Call us now on 0141 429 2262 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you right away.


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Beltrami and Company offer a high quality service to all clients, whether the case is legal aided or privately funded. Clients can be assured of complete confidentiality and discretion.

Beltrami & Company are conveniently based near Glasgow city centre but operate throughout Scotland. The firm offers a 24-hour, 365-day a year service for clients in police custody. Any calls to our offices out with normal business hours can be dealt with by an experienced solicitor. Contact us today to find out more.


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Covid-19 - Important Notice from Beltrami & Company

At the moment we are still working as close to normal as possible. The criminal justice system is in turmoil. It can’t stop, so to that extent at the moment we are regarded as “essential workers”.

The courts are still operating, though at a reduced level. Beltrami & Company believes in the rights of individuals and businesses to be fairly treated within our justice and courts system and will continue to do all in our power to continue this role.

We will be restricting face to face meetings but will be available by telephone, video-call, etc. for all work - emergency or otherwise. In these exceptional times it is important to remember that life will go on, people will continue to need each other and good legal advice. Let’s work together to face the future.